Plea for bouncers at Oswestry chip shop rejected

A plea from police for an Oswestry chip shop to employ bouncers late at night to tackle troublemakers has been rejected, despite licensing bosses being told the town had a "very high rate of violent crime".

The plea was made after the Wot's Cookin takeaway in Willow Street applied for permission to serve food until 2am at weekends. Police told a licensing meeting yesterday that between January 2011 and January this year there were 395 incidents reported to police between 11pm and 5am at weekends.

A total of 202 of those incidents happened in Willow Street.

Keith and Carol Morris, from Wot's Cookin, told the hearing they had to extend their closing time to safeguard the business. But Mrs Morris said employing door staff would wipe out any income they would get from staying open later.

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